Did you know that more than half of American adults over the age of thirty have some form of periodontal (gum) disease? What's even more frightening is that most patients aren't aware that they have gum disease, and this is because there aren't a lot of symptoms or even pain associated with it at first. If left untreated however, gum disease leads to bone and tooth loss. In fact, it's the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Regular cleaning and check ups are your first line of defense against gum disease in Metairie, LA, and your team at Oak Family Dental is here to help! Here are some of the early signs of gum disease.
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and it's in this stage that you may notice a few subtle warning signs. Your gums may appear red and swollen, and they may bleed when you brush your teeth, this is an early indicator of gum disease. Another telltale sign is chronic bad breath that won't go away.
Your hygienist will screen you for gum disease at every cleaning and check up appointment, so the good news is that if you catch gum disease early on, you can often effectively control it with a thorough professional cleaning and improved home care. Many patients are able to reverse gingivitis with the help of their dental team.
This is the advanced stage of gum disease, and it's in this stage that the damage begins to occur. Periodontal disease is essentially the infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth, so eventually the infection will cause your bone and tissues to deteriorate and this is when tooth loss happens. This stage will require a much deeper cleaning that reaches below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar build up. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease however, you can learn to successfully manage your condition with additional dental appointments, and excellent home care that will prevent further damage to your teeth.
At Oak Family Dental, our highly skilled team is well equipped to help you navigate any stage of gum disease you may be dealing with. Because gum disease has been linked with other health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke, your oral health is too important to put off. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.